Kindling

4.8
411 reviews
£25 and under
British
Kindling Restaurant is about more than just the food, it is a community of people: staff, customers and suppliers all sharing and celebrating food and knowledge. Nature writes our menu as the seasons inspire the food we cook.
We promise to entice, surprise and stimulate.


We are looking forward to seeing You

Team Kindling

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 411 People Are Saying
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vipLozT
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seasonal food in a fantastic and super friendly environment. We sat at the counter infront of the open kitchen talking to the informative chefs about their innovative dishes and the inspiration behind their creations! Highly recommend for a special occasion and cant wait to go again as the menu changes throughout the year. An excellent new find!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful innovative food - wonderful flavour combinations. Great staff especially the chefs!!

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StephanieOlivia
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A long lunch to celebrate my husbands birthday.
Wonderful small plates with enough variety to satisfy me as a vegetarian and my meat loving husband. The mutton chop special was an especially huge hit as were the cocktails. Service was impeccable; attentive but in no way overbearing,knowledgeable and friendly.
Can’t wait to go back!

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Karl
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, brilliant service, not much else we could ask for.

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AlexT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere for a reasonable price. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

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julianp
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first visit and greatly impressed.a genuine fine dining experience

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ClaireB
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food. Every single course was beautifully prepared, served and so so delicious. Cannot recommend enough!

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HeatherH
Kent
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious vegan tasting menu, very imaginative and great wine pairing. A superb evening.

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Natsw
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant. Relaxed but with amazing food - and gluten free too (not that you’d ever notice). I can’t wait to return.

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TimB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

An interesting and varied menu led to lovely food beautifully presented.

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KpPortslade
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner for my partner's birthday. First time eating here and won't be the last! Lovely staff and beautiful food. Fine dining without being pompous. Relaxed with an open kitchen to se what's cooking.
Highly recommend!

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KarenB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very warm welcome. Food interesting and full of flavour. Excellent service.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great meal, they were very accomodating! Will be back again and again and again!!

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Divya
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food with so much attention to detail.

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Anissa
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went for lunch, which comes in plates. The food was interesting and tasty, and I appreciate the local ingredients, however, the plates are very, very small. They are smaller than the sides! We shared 3 plates, 2 sides and a dessert, and were left hungry. I would expect to be well fed for the money it cost, so it was quite disappointing. Maybe best for drinks and nibbles, or a first date, when you're too nervous to eat.

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ClareR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it. Small menu so easy to choose.

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HarryB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, great service and excellent food! Would recommended :)

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Siobhan
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Delicious food, but the portions are sooooo small perhaps eat before you go! Great if you’re on a diet.

Kindling
Responded on 9 November 2021

Hi Siobhan. We're glad you loved the food but we're sad to hear that the portion sizes didn't meet your requirements. As a sustainable restaurants we try to make sure that the plates we create are minimal waste and we are very careful in not overloading the dishes with food that cannot be finished. Our lunch menu is in fact created from smaller, sharing plates. By keeping the quality of the produce to our usual high standard and prices lower we just can't plate bigger portions for lunch service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have something of this quality in Brighton. Not gimmicky, just well thought out, relatively simple dishes, executed with panache.

Decent wine list (perhaps room for some English wine?) and relaxed, but attentive service.

Definitely one to return to.

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Nicky
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

At first it seemed promising, whilst the food itself was good (not exceptional but good), the portions were so ridiculously small that it tuned out to be an exorbitantly expensive meal and we left hungry and unsatiated.
The service friendly and efficient.
All a bit underwhelming, consequently I would not recommend..

Kindling
Responded on 9 November 2021

Hi Nicky. We wish we were informed about your concerns at the time of your visit so we could have had a chance in rectifying any issues. Our lunch menu is in fact created from smaller, sharing plates. By keeping the quality of the produce to our usual high standard and prices lower we just can't plate bigger portions. We are taking all the comments seriously and we will be having a further chat with our managers and kitchen on how we can improve future services if this is needed.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere for lunchtime dining. Quite a limited menu but very tasty all the same. The staff were lovely. I would recommend this little restaurant

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MrsCookston
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant is trying so hard to be what it is not yet. A long way to go if want to survive in Brighton. Food wise was average. The Kindling ketchup is not necessary.

Kindling
Responded on 9 November 2021

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're very new to the Brighton restaurant scene as we have opened just before the first lockdown, meaning we didn't have a lot of time to establish ourselves. Nevertheless, we have been awarded some prestigious titles, like a place in the Michelin Guide. We never wanted to be perceived as we are “trying too hard” so reading this did hit the whole team. I wish we were given a chance to talk about your comments when you were dining with us

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In 40 years of adult dining out we have never had such a remarkable experience. The menu was full of intrigue and the presentation, flavours and textures delivered surprise and pleasure. The patron chefs and their small management team were welcoming and happy to answer any questions. If you visit we hope you enjoy the experience as much as we did.

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LeahT
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and delicious meal. Great value and pretty much Michelin standard. Waitors were attentive and kind.

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Brightondiner
Brighton
8 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and service was attentive without being intrusive- great experience would happily eat it all again

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Kirsty
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I definitely would return to try more of the dishes.
I love the relaxed feel of this place. Service was well-timed and friendly

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MarkL
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a very enjoyable meal. Food was very nice. My wife was not over keen on the ribs which she said tasted different.Always nice to try a different style of eating. Thank you,

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MarieG
London
18 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love finding new restaurants to eat in, especially those where the meals on Instagram look the same in real life.

The restaurant was fully booked and it was very clear why. The experience from start to finish was wonderful. We chose from the well-executed menu and we chose well. The barbecued Pork Loin with roast squash and Sussex mushrooms was delicious. This was served with the grilled broccoli which was a sweet melt in your mouth crunch I'd never experienced before.

Being able to see the chefs at work was special. You could see the love they put into every dish they prepared.

We will be back as there's the rest of the menu to experience.

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JarrodS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, staff were attentive and very knowledgeable about their menu, the smell as you walk in of the open, charcoal grill in the kitchen kitchen was absolutely amazing.

Will make this a regular visit when down in Brighton.

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vipMegan
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wished we could have tried the whole menu!!
Very friendly staff too!

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RebeccaI
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly service. Well worth a visit. Is also worth the cost.

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Tiger
Devon
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first return to Kindling in over a year and we were not disappointed. The staff were as ever, fantastic. Welcoming, friendly and attentive without being over bearing. The food was delicious, we love the bonus amuse bouche, no produce left to waste which is great to see. We went on a Friday evening and the place was busy with a lovely buzz. The vegetarian options are always different but so tasty!
If I was being super picky the only slight negative was the size of the bread portion which was significantly less than last time but equally delicious.

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RomiMull
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is lovely:
it’s interesting, and brave but still very comforting and quite simply delicious.
We were absolutely wowed!

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DaveH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our third visit to Kindling- our favourite restaurant in Brighton- very fine dining, ethical, relaxed. Laways an excellent experience. The cuisine itself is mouthwatering!

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Sphere
Dubai
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great inventive food. Loved the charcoal grill flavours. Great friendly staff. Would definitely go again…

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great and service too. Everything was cooked to perfection and even my kids raves about it and they are usually very picky. And very dog friendly too so even our dog enjoyed the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious small plates - perfect size for lunch and sharing. Wine was delicious and all good price. Staff were exceptional. Had a lovely experience- will be going back for dinner.

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Bonze
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, loved the Hake and the plum and almond tart

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AlanT
Brighton
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommended for interesting, well presented dishes using local ingredients. Excellent service and good to talk to the chefs in the open kitchen.

FAQs

Kindling does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Kindling is rated 4.8 stars by 411 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.